Food - 9.5/10
Service - 9/10
Our final meal during our two week trip to the Hawaiian islands was at Merriman's in the town Po'ipu on the island of Kauai. After having many memorable meals we were hopeful that our good luck with food would continue. In the past our experience with restaurants who have multiple locations hasn't always been the best, with the new startups never really being quite as good as the original. Merriman's though with several other establishments across the Hawaiian islands has definitely bucked this trend, with their goal of highlighting fresh local ingredients and Hawaiian cuisine definitely being achieved at their Po'ipu location.
Upon entering we were greeted by a number of warm and friendly staff and seated on the patio which boasted amazing views of both sea, sky and mountain. The first class scenery and service foreshadowed the great meal to come. Our first course included the poke trio and steamed manila clams served with a coconut green curry broth. The trio included a coconut lime flavoured opa, shoyu ahi and spicy lobster pokes. Different from the other pokes we've tried, the fish was much less stringy salty than at other establishments. The coconut green curry broth served with the clams was completely sopped up with the house baked focaccia bread served alongside.
|Steamed manila clams in a coconut green curry broth|
|Sesame crusted opa|
|Macademia nut crusted monchong|
|Seared sea scallops with cream corn and bacon|
|Crab stuffed lobster|
|White chocolate and coconut filled doughnuts|
|Molton dark chocolate cake|